It is impossible to assure the welfare of captive marine mammals. Many die prematurely and that's if they survive the brutal and traumatic capture process.
Around seventy wild caught dolphins are currently suffering in traveling circuses and tiny pools in hotels and also beachside.
In 2010, local group Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indonesian National Forestry Commission. A large number of illegally kept dolphins were to be rescued, rehabilitated and released from private businesses in Java and Bali. Only two months after the agreement there was a change of director who did not support the program, yet supported businesses like Taman Safari and Wersut Seguni Indonesia (WSI) who catch and keep dolphins.
WSI is a holding center for dolphins in Central Java province. Dolphins are illegally caught from the Java Sea by local fishermen, employed and equipped by those making huge profits from captive dolphin attractions.
In order to avoid existing laws prohibiting the deliberate capture of dolphins, this practice is done at night and the fishermen claim the dolphins were tangled in fishing nets thus exploiting a loophole in the law.
These "rescued" dolphins are taken to WSI for "treatment" and the Forestry Department issues a temporary permit to keep the dolphins "until healthy and ready for release." To date not one dolphin has been released back into the wild and a 90-meter (approx. 295 feet) sea pen built by Earth Island Institute and JAAN, under the supervision of Ric O'Barry, lies empty in Karimum Jawa National Park.